Bike Trek cyclist killed in Hanover
The start of the three-day, 180-mile Trek Across Maine was marred last Friday by a fatal crash on Route 2 in Hanover Village.
The victim was identified as David LeClair, 23, of Watertown, Mass.
LeClair was riding with his employer’s team, athenahealth of Watertown, Mass., as part of the Trek when he was struck by the rear of a tractor-trailer as it passed him around 8:45 a.m. He was killed instantly.
State Police said the cyclist likely lost his balance while riding with one hand on the handlebars as he sipped from his water bottle. He died of head injuries.
The tractor-trailer was driven by Michael Masse-Defresne, 24, of Quebec, according to police.
State police Lt. Walter Grzyb said Monday charges are unlikely.
The truck, hauling corn feed from Colebrook, N.H., to Augusta, was stopped by police in Rumford. The driver told police he had not noticed anything when he passed through Hanover.
Grzyb said the truck and the log books were inspected and everything seemed to be in order.
The accident occurred as the truck and the cyclists were heading down a straightaway into a curve between the Mill Hill Road intersection and Gordie Howe’s Store. The speed limit drops from 55 mph to 40 mph there and the travel lane shortens in width.
Additionally, the breakdown lane tilts toward the guardrail.
More than 2,000 bicyclists left Sunday River Friday to start the three-day event that ended Sunday in Belfast. The ride is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association.